Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Tea Party and a Dance Practice

Patty, the mad hatter

     Hooray!  It's that time of year again. Time for Aunt Patty's annual tea party! To see Aunt Patty's previous tea parties, some tea party recipes, and even Emily's sweet sixteen tea party preparations (from a couple of years ago), click here.  The link will start with this post and then "go back in time". Aunt Patty always sends out personally hand-made invitations. (I blocked out her personal info.) Aren't they pretty?

 Scrumptious fare: scones, chicken salad sandwiches on croissants (with chopped grapes and apples), ham roll-ups, fudge, Aunt Donna's baked pineapples and cheese, creme puffs, brownies (with candy bars inside), pasta salad, fruit, cheese crisps, and an amazing ganache-covered chocolate cake.
 Don't forget the pimento cheese sandwiches!  They couldn't fit onto the other table!
Oh yeah, and there was TEA!
Patty was not the only mad hatter. The guests were adorned with wee little hats of their own!

Aunt Robin and Cousin Erica stayed up LATE the night before making Patty's special hat and all of ours as a surprise!
 Nanny got one.
 Aunt Cindy got one.
 Aunt Donna and two of her girls, Megan and Alicia, got one too.
There is also Christine (a future Mrs. Wand) standing next to Hayden, and Aunt Robin's grand-daughter, Zaylee. Christine managed to get a flower onto Zaylee's head!

 Yummy orange and honey compound butter was a new addition for the scones.
Thank you, Aunt Patty!
But the day isn't over yet!
 Later that evening it was time for dance practice!
We love country dancing and attend two family balls a year. Practice meetings are almost as much fun as the actual, more formal ball! Country dancing is modest and encourages gentlemanly and ladylike behavior. I love dancing with my husband, and this gives me an opportunity to do so! These are the dances you'll see in movies like "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", etc. To see some videos of one of our previous balls, you can click here.
Yes, I definitely do not have the right setting for dancing on the camera.

Of course the refreshment tables came out clearly.  They weren't MOVING. (At least not until dozens of hungry teenagers attacked it.......) Just noticed the blurry little boy under the table. ????
The Carolina Promenade (or as my husband always calls it, the Carolina marmalade)
 Can't wait until the next ball!

Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.
I Timothy 5:1-2
~ Jennifer

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